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Old 08-05-2009, 06:31 PM   #1
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Brakes?

Guys,

On my E46, Ive noticed some pulsation as soon as I tap on the brakes...doesent matter if its under low or high speed...the steering kinda vibrates....

i think i may need new rotors and pads...I was hoping on giving it a go myself...can anyone recommend a good place to get the parts...I commute so Id like to get stuff that will last me for a bit....

Whats a good brand...and will I need rotors pads for just the front or does the bmw have pads on the rear as well?

Id like to change all the rotors and pads at the same time....hopefully find DIY as well..

anyway if someone can point me in the right direction...that would be sweet.
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:16 PM   #2
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lol you want to diy, and you dont know if u have pads in the back... thats kinda funny.

but anyways for my car i got cross drilled rotors from zimmerman.
and for pads i got akenbono euro ceramic pads.

The stopping power is not as great as bmw pads.. but they are dustless..
i haven't cleaned my rims in like 2 weeks and they still look clean.


Grrrr i hated cleaning rims... if u dont mind cleaning ur rims often or just dont care about brake dust.. just get stock pads and stock rotors.. The stopping power is awsome.

it is a good idea to do the whole brake systems at the same time.
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:54 PM   #3
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lol..I know that sounds kinda out there....Im not used to BMWs so its still a learning curve...but Ive changed rotors and pads for my accord and legend...Im hoping the pads and rotors wil be simple to come out from the bmw as well...

is there any sensor that i have to look out for?
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:45 AM   #4
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Your best bet is to get OEM BMW parts they may make more brake dust but the last longer and wear evenly just my 2 cents
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:39 PM   #5
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According to the dealer, OEM brake rotors and pads with labor and taxes are 978 as BMW gives them a discount if you get the job done with them..he said if I buy just the rotors and pads without installing them..they would come to over 1000.

Is this B.S or true? Whats the other option to buy rotors and brakes..besides the stealer...?
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Old 08-13-2009, 02:12 PM   #6
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according to realoem.com
For the front:

2 rotors (vented) $110.85
4 pads ~$230
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Old 08-13-2009, 02:20 PM   #7
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you will need 2 brake sensors also! 1 for the front left and 1 for the rear right side. I hate cleaning my rims. i wish i got dustless ones!!!!!!!!!!! i chose to go stock and got original bmw parts. stopping power is great though!

Changing you're rotors and pads should be ok... if you're doing it solo, it will take a while.

As for where to get the parts.... do some shopping around on the net! get some quotes and prices and go for the one that sounds reasonable....
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:03 PM   #8
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hey you should check your control arm bushings also if your getting pulsing in the steering wheel
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:51 AM   #9
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There are places in Scarborough, Ontario with cheap aftermarkets.

I bought zinc-coated [anti-corrosion] Zimmerman cross-drilled rotors and PBR Ceramic pads, shipped to Toronto for <$500.

http://www.gforcebrakes.com/
EBay: http://stores.shop.ebay.ca/GForceBra...34Q2ec0Q2em322

Silverstone Modifications & Racing:
EBay: http://stores.ebay.ca/Silverstone-Mo...43532QQfrsrcZ1

Brake1Rotors:
EBay: http://stores.shop.ebay.ca/brake1rot...&submit=Search
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:43 PM   #10
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www.autopartsway.ca

Pads:
Akebono pads $74 (front set)
PBR Ceramics $38 (rear set) - keep in mind rears dont dust at much as the fronts, so you could go with non ceramic

Discs:
Brembo $168 (front set)
Zimmerman Cross Drilled $236 (front set)
Brembo $114 (rear set)
Zimmerman Cross Drilled $216 (rear set)

If you go with the listed ceramic pads and regular brembo discs $394
If you go with the listed ceramic pads and cross drilled discs $564

It all depends on how heavy your wallet is at the end of the day.

*although US prices may seem sweet, by the time it comes to your door the courrier will rip you off due to the weight!
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